Examinations

What We Offer

At the Assessment Office we offer the following exams;

  • ACT
  • CLEP
  • DSST
  • Proctoring
  • Placement Tests
  • Computer Proficiency
  • and Senior Exit Exams

Please see below for scheduling, costs, and procedures to sign up.

 

Scheduling

Each examination has a schedule of when it may be offered. Some tests like the ACT may only be taken on appointed days. Other exams like the Placement Tests may be given any time that the office has available workstations.

 

Please call us 1(405) 574-1281, email us at assessment@usao.edu, or come by our offices at 318A in Troutt Hall for more information and to make your appointment.

 

ACT

We offer both the National and Residual ACT. The National is given at appointed times on campus in Gary Hall. You must register with ACT directly.

 

www.actstudent.org/

Test Date

Registration Deadline

(Late Fee Required)

September 21, 2013

August 23, 2013

August 24–September 6, 2013

October 26, 2013

September 27, 2013

September 28–October 11, 2013

December 14, 2013

November 8, 2013

November 9–22, 2013

February 8, 2014*

January 10, 2014

January 11–24, 2014

April 12, 2014

March 7, 2014

March 8–21, 2014

June 14, 2014

May 9, 2014

May 10–23, 2014

 

The Residual ACT is administered by the Assessment Office in Troutt 318A every 2nd Wednesday of the month. You must make reservations the day prior to the test and pay a $35.00 fee to the Business Office. A photo ID is required.

 

The Residual is an 'in-house' test that is only applicable to USAO. The scores are not reported outside the institution and may not be used for applying to a different college or university.

 

For more information about the Residual ACT see our page: RESIDUAL ACT AT THE USAO CAMPUS

For more informatoion about the National ACT see this page: National ACT

 

CLEP

USAO offers CLEP tests which give college credit hours for taking tests. The exams allow students to test out of classes they are already proficient in.

 

These tests need to be scheduled at least one week in advance, cost a total of $95.00, and can only be repeated every six months.

 

On the day of the test you will need two photo IDs, a receipt from the Business Office, social security number, and a form of payment (credit or debit card preferred) for CLEP.

 

For more information see the USAO CLEP page and their website: clep.collegeboard.org/

 

DSST

DSST stands for Dantes Subject Standardized Tests and, like the CLEP tests, allows students to earn college credit for exams taken online. The test was originally only offered to military personnel but is now open to the public.

 

These tests must be scheduled one week in advanced, costs $95.00 total, and may only be retaken every six months.

 

They offer 38 exams in the fields of Business, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social Science, and Technology. Additionally study materials are available through Prometrics.

 

For more information see their website: getcollegecredit.com/

 

Test Proctors

At the USAO Assessment Office we offer a variety of proctoring services.

 

For tests for USAO classes, an instructor must schedule with the Assessment Office a week in advance for the test, complete a request form in writing, and provide any non-standard materials (i.e.. not paper, pencils, or calculators).

 

For non-USAO classes that would like to have they tests proctored, the same guidelines apply. An instructor must complete and return a request form in writing, schedule at least a week in advance, and provide any non-standard materials. In addition a $15.00 fee will be charged, payable to the Business Office, in advanced for the session.

 

Also see our Proctors page.

 

Placement Tests (Writing, Math, and Science)

For students who need credit in English/Writing, mathematics, and/or Science to test out of 'zero-level' courses, USAO offers Placement Tests. Each exam takes approximately 45 minutes and is administered online via a multiple choice test.

 

These short exams may be taken at anytime however making an appointment will ensure availability. There is no cost to take the test however retesting more than twice will require a $5.00 fee.

 

Study guides are available to students. These are currently only in hard copies available at Troutt 318A. Soon online copies will also be available.

 

For more information, see the Placement Test page.

 

Computer Proficiency

In addition to Placement Tests, a 'zero-level' course may be required for computer literacy. To students who would like to test out of this class, USAO offers the Computer Proficiency Test.

 

This test is administered online and takes approximately one hour to complete. There is no cost for the first two attempts. Three or more attempts require a $5.00 fee.

 

Currently there are no study guides available in hard copy however online study aids are available through Microsoft. See the below links for additional information. Certain campus faculty and staff also offer assistance in studying--please contact the Assessment Office for details.

 

Word

office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/word-2007-training-courses-HA010215566.aspx

Excel

office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/excel-2007-training-courses-HA010218987.aspx

Powerpoint

office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/powerpoint-2007-training-courses-HA010218498.aspx

Office training homepage (all versions, all products)

office.microsoft.com/en-us/training-FX101782702.aspx

 

Senior Exit Exams

Each USAO student is required to show proficiency in their field before being graduating. This varies between field of study and major. Some departments require students to take an exam at the Assessment Office.

 

For more information, please see the Exit Exam page.

 

Fees

To keep cost for testing low for the student body at large, USAO charges fees to test takers. These fees are for clerical costs, proctoring, and test credits that the office must pay to continue administratoring the exams.

 

These fees are:

  • $5.00 Retesting fee for taking 'in-house' exams more than twice
  • $15.00 Proctoring fee for non-USAO classes and non-USAO students*
  • $15.00 Administration fee for CLEP and DSST (does not include cost of test)
  • $35.00 Residual ACT (includes cost of test)

 

*Please note USAO students and alumni may use proctoring service for free no matter what institution the exam is for.